Title III, Part A – English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act



Title III, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as reauthorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), aims to ensure that English learners (ELs) and immigrant students attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement in English. Title III will also assist all English learners meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet.

      Newly Designed English Learner Web Portal TXEL.ORG. Check out the new features and pathways for Parents & Families of English learners and Community Partners.


      NEW! This Side-By-Side Document provides guidance on allowable vs. unallowable use of Bilingual Education Allotment (state) and Title III, Part A (federal) funds. It serves as a tool for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to align with each program's statutory authority, policies, and practices.



    TEA Grant Opportunities

    2020-2021 ESSA Consolidated Federal Grant

    2019-2020 ESSA Consolidated Federal Grant

    Helpful Resource Links

    Supplemental Resources

    ESL Certification Training Online Course (FREE) and TExES English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental #154 Preparation Manual (PDF 2.52 MB) - This online course and associated manual are intended to equip Texas educators who desire to increase capacity in their districts and to enhance their existing ESL programs beyond minimum state requirements. Please note: These resources are based on the current ESL certification standards and test framework. Although new ESL certification standards were adopted in July 2019, an updated version of the TExES ESL Supplemental #154 exam has NOT yet been developed. Once the new test is developed, these resources will be revised. 

    Title III Allowable Use of Funds FAQ (revised January 2019)

    Family Engagement & Community Engagement Resource Tool 

    Clarifying Title III LEA Required Activities under ESSA 

    Texas Gateway: (Currently Not Available)

    U.S.Department of Education Resources



    Laws & Guidance

    Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

    Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

    Contact Information

    Contact Us
    Division of English Learner Support
    Phone: (512) 463-9414

    Contact Information

    Rickey Santellana
    Title III Program Coordinator

    Special Populations Division
    Texas Education Agency
    1701 North Congress Avenue
    Austin, Texas 78701-1401